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Defiance is an MMO third-person shooter set in a persistent universe. It was made as a tie-in to the US SyFy television series of the same name. The game takes place several decades into the future in the San Francisco Bay Area, following a war between the human race and an alien race known as the Votans. Due to their planet being destroyed, The Votans arrived on Earth hoping to find a vacant planet where they could set up a new civilization. Humans and Voltans clashed, unleashing alien power that terraformed the earth, causing the Earth's surface to change dramatically. Old species and plants became extinct, while new species emerged. The player plays as an "Ark Hunter" hired by a wealthy industrialist to search for hidden alien power.

Defiance features advanced character customization. Players have the ability to customize everything from the clothes they are wearing to their facial hair style. Players also have the option to be a Human or an Irathient, a humanoid alien species that are similar to humans. There is not a strict class system, and instead allows players to choose from one of four origins, which are veterans, outlaws, machinists, and survivalists. Origins do not affect the abilities, weapons, or outfits the player can choose, and instead just serve as a starting point and background for your character. The game's key feature is its Arkfall Events, which are dynamic events which pit humans, aliens, and monsters against one another in order to obtain expensive alien technology.


Defiance Windows Tutorial: The escape pod landed and was opened by a Bay Area resident. Here we're about to meet EGO, the Environmental Guardian Online implant
Defiance Windows Tutorial: When an equipment pod is found the player first opens it then uses the loadout key 'L' to equip themselves with any new kit
Defiance Windows Tutorial: When an equipment pod is found the player uses the 'E' key to interact with it. They then use the loadout key 'L' to equip themselves with any new kit
Defiance Windows Introduction: For some reason the ship runs into problems forcing us to eject. This leads into the game's tutorial section where the player becomes familiar with basic controls

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Defiance Screenshot
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Atomic Gamer Windows Apr 09, 2013 8 out of 10 80 Xbox 360 May 15, 2013 7 out of 10 70
GamingTrend Windows 2013 67 out of 100 67
PC Gamer Windows Apr 11, 2013 62 out of 100 62 Windows Apr 05, 2013 12 out of 20 60
GameSpot PlayStation 3 Apr 18, 2013 6 out of 10 60
IGN Windows Apr 17, 2013 5.9 out of 10 59
Edge Windows Apr 12, 2013 5 out of 10 50
Impulse Gamer PlayStation 3 Apr, 2013 5 out of 10 50 Xbox 360 Apr 11, 2013 49 out of 100 49


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